Evans out chasing national title

March 15, 2017

Off to nationals: Marcus Evans wearing his new Victorian gear stands with his coach Manjit Randhawa.

A star of the local athletics scene, Marcus Evans, has been selected to represent Victoria at the upcoming Australian Championships.

Having previously represented the state on two occasions for long-distance running, Evans will this time turn his attention to the 2km steeplechase.

Evans is only a newcomer to the steeplechase world having only competed in three official events.

‘‘I saw it one day and thought I might give it a go,’’ Evans said.

‘‘My first run was at a competition in Melbourne and I wasn’t very good, so that made me pretty determined to get better.’’

Evans said he watched hours of videos online to help craft his skill.

‘‘I can still remember my first run and wishing I was somewhere else — but the more I do it the better I am getting.’’

In just his third event in the discipline Evans finished sixth at the Victorian titles which earned him a spot at the Australian Championships which will be held at the Sydney Olympic Stadium from March 26 to April 2.

‘‘I have never been to Sydney so I am really looking forward to getting up there.

‘‘It is the biggest athletics meet in Australia so there will be Olympians and people you see on TV — so it will be great.’’

Evans’ coach Manjit Randhawa said he was a very coach-friendly athlete who had the necessary tools to take him a long way in the sport.

‘‘First of all, he is a really hard worker,’’ Randhawa said.

‘‘He obviously has the talent to take him far, but he also has the killer instinct when he is competing which is really important in sport.’’

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